Microclimates in your garden. Did you know your whole garden may be a microclimate that allows you to grow plants that would not thrive on the other side of the street? Read this article to learn more.
Native Annuals and Perennials. Australian annual and perennial plants can be used to create excitement in your garden as they are quick growing, usually very floriferous and because they are relatively temporary they can be replaced on a regular basis to add something new each year.
Attracting fauna to your garden. This article explains how you can attract native australian wildlife to your garden.
Native grasses and friends. An exciting thing is happening in the world of Australian plants. Wild species that have tantalised gardeners in the past are now being improved to create a diverse palette of new varieties that offer all kinds of advantages. In particular, the necessity for water-wise, low maintenance gardens has inspired interest in plants that can be used as ground covers that will not only suppress weeds and erosion but also look fantastic.
banksia blechnifolia is a small prostrate ground cover shrub with interesting serrated foliage and large interesting and attractive flower heads, close to the ground. It blooms in winter to spring, with woolly orange spikes that honey eating birds love. It has a colourful bonus of bright pink new foliage growth which is also very attractive. Native to Western Australia, it is a versatile plant that also does well in more humid climates such as Sydney, as long as it has a sandy or well drained soil. Use it as a feature shrub or as a pot plant for a large container. It is a very low maintenance shrub for sun or dappled shade.
Further reading: Growing Banksias (an article written by native plant expert Angus Stewart).
Flower colour: Orange
Flowering season: spring summer winter
Maximum height: 0.5 metres
Minimum height: 0.2 metres
Maximum width: 4 metres
Minimum width: 2 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Birds.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate.
Loam: dry, well-drained.
Clay: dry, well-drained.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Native to: Australia.
Planting season: all year.
Types of fertiliser: low phosphorus.